WSDA: Think Twice Before Giving Bunnies, Chicks As Gifts

With Easter this weekend, the Washington state Department of Agriculture is out with a warning. Although it may be tempting to gift a small child with a fuzzy baby rabbit or chick, the WSDA says giving such animals as gifts should only be done after careful consideration for the health of the children and the […]

Commodity Classic Launches Podcast Focused On Farm Stress Mental Health

The Commodity Classic launched their special virtual show this week, and one of the highlights was a partnership with the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. The groups launched a podcast addressing farm stress and mental health for the 21st century farmer. Dave Buchholz, with the Commodity Classic, says there’s a lot of alone time when […]

Rural Communities Reminded To Remain Vigilant When It Comes To COVID-19

The number of COVID-19 cases is on the rise in rural America, and officials are urging residents to take safety precautions. Emily Krekelberg is a Farm Safety and Health Educator for the University of Minnesota Extension Service said it’s not surprising that the virus has spread into rural areas. “We heard from the CDC and […]

Beijing Asks Frozen Food Importers to Shun Countries with Severe Coronavirus

Beijing has asked frozen food importers to not import products from counties with severe coronavirus. The Beijing Municipal Commerce Bureau said in a statement issued to import companies, “Customs and local governments have repeatedly detected the coronavirus in imported cold chain food, proving it risks contamination,” according to Reuters. The Bureau urged importers to “proactively […]

House Ag Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

Republican Illinois representative Rodney Davis has tested positive for COVID-19. In a letter on his website, Davis said, “Other than a higher-than-normal temperature, I am showing no symptoms at this time and feel fine.” Davis tested positive Wednesday morning after discovering a higher than normal temperature. Davis is a member of the House Agriculture Committee […]

Health Expert: We Need More Sleep

Researchers say up to a third of Americans are not getting the proper sleep their bodies and brains need. The CDC say it’s a national public health problem , and in the opinion of one expert, “it’s essentially another pandemic.” Susan Harris is a nurse and sleep expert with University of Nebraska Extension. She spent […]

Stuhlmiller: Governor’s Proclamation Has Led To Confusion, Mixed Messages

Last week, the Washington Farm Bureau filed a friend of the court with the Building Industry Association of Washington over the new rules, and powers, offered to the state Department of Labor and Industries under Governor Jay Inslee’s Proclamation 20-57. The main sticking for the Farm Bureau, the confusion the Proclamation creates for the farm […]

SNAP Online Purchasing to Cover 90% of Households

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue this week approved 13 states for online food purchases with SNAP benefits. Once operational, online purchasing will be available in 36 states and the District of Columbia, home to more than 90% of SNAP participants.  Perdue also announced an expansion of independently owned and operated retail stores beyond those included in […]

CDC Issues Updated Guidance for Meatpackers

The Centers for Disease Control is out with new guidelines to protect meatpacking workers from COVID-19. The meat and poultry processing workers are not exposed to the virus through the meat products they handle. However, their work environments, processing lines and others where they have close contact with coworkers and supervisors, may contribute substantially to […]

USDA Expanding On-line SNAP Program

The USDA has added two states to its pilot program allowing food-stamp recipients to use their benefits to make purchases online. “We’re also expanding our online food-purchasing pilot to nearly 5 million SNAP recipients in Arizona and California,” said Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue. “This enables people to purchase food online, going a long way in […]